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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Something Hot and something Sweet !

Well its been a wild wild search for me and overall a hectic month. The search for a nice recipe for the RCI : North east India hosted by bhags of Crazy curry . RCI was started by lakshmi of Veggie cuisine. So, the work and other family commitments that kept me occupied for the whole month. After all the search, I did come up with a list of vegetarian preparations. But due to the time constrain (the due date is 2morrow...) I have post something I tried ealier last month... as soon as bhags announced about the RCI.

I didnt want to post it as it was something very common... anyways... something better than nothing. So, here goes my Momos and Koat pitha. Momo's come from the land of the rising sun....Arunachal Pradesh.

For momos you need :

For the dough:

All purpose flour - 2 cups

salt to taste

Warm water

For the filling :

Cabbage - 1 cup finely chopped

Onions - 1/2 cup finely chopped

Mushrooms - 1/2 cup

Carrot - 1 finely chopped

Salt to taste

Garam masala - 1 tsp

green chillies - 1 finely chopped ( u can reduce this according to ur taste..)

Garlic pods - 1 finely chopped

Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped

Tabasco sauce - 1 tsp ( u can add chili sauce)

Oil - 2 tsp

Method :

Firstly we will make the dough. Take the flour in a bowl and salt and water to it. Knead it into a nice smooth dough. Keep aside.

Now we can make the filling. For the filling shred the cabbage, chop the onions, mushroom and carrot finely.

In a pan take some oil and add the chopped garlic and ginger to it. saute for 1 min and then add the chopped onions. Add the green chillies and the garam masala and saute once again.

Now, add the chopped vegetables to it along with salt and the tonasco sauce and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes and ur filling is ready. U dont need to cook the vegetable too much.

Take a small amount if the dough , roll it into a small circle of 4 inch diameter and place a spoon ful of the filling in the centre of the cirle. Get all the sides of the circle to the centre and pack the filling. Do the same with the whole dough. Steam of the dumplings until they are cooked well.

Serve hot with Tomato ketchup, schezwuan sauce or the traditional Tomato Oambal.. Enjoy!

Koat Pitha

This is Something we both loved. I made it in the last minute... yeah yesterday evening... heheh.. I didnt want to miss on this lovely event. :P... Koat Pitha is a sweet savoury dish from the state of Mizoram and I am sending this to the RCI - North east india too.:)

Here goes the recipe :

Ripe banana - 1 chopped in pieces and mashed

Rice flour - 1 cup

Powdered Jaggery - 1 1/2 tbsp

Oil for frying

Method :

Mashed the chopped banana pices. Melt the jaggery with some water. Add the melted jaggery paste to the banana and mix well.

Slowly fold in the rice flour into the banana jaggery mixture. If u like it very sweet add some more jaggery. Mix into a nice smooth paste.

Heat oil in a kadhai. When the oil is hot, drop a spoonful of the batter into the oil and cook until brown on both the side. Drain on a kitchen napkin.

Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and serve hot. We had it with some vanilla ice cream..tastes too good.

It tasted just like the traditional appa that we make...:) Too good a recipe and I am so sure I will be making this often..whenever I am ready to fry again..:D

So here are my 2 entries to the event.:)

Varitions : for the momos I tried another variation of filling but I wasnt very happy with it. It tasted very bland and hmmm different. The original required the momos to be served with a soup.. but we ate it as it is..as I was in no mood to make a soup now... and I got a yuck from my hubby for that filling hehehe...:P. Maybe it would have tasted good with the soup.Well its all a part of the learning process. If u wanna check out the recipe of the yuck momos I tried... check it here and make it at ur own risk. Enjoy!


Maheswari said...

Looks YUM!

Cham said...

Girl u made both sweet and savory , wonderful entries Shuba, the sweet one dusted with powder sugar ar really inviting one :)

Shankari said...

Have been hearing about momo's, but have not tried this at restaurants. Now I have a recipe to try, thanks for sharing!

Srivalli said...

heheh...try at your own risk sounds very apt!..:)..I was planning for memos..but couldn't in the last moment...if you have time you can still prepare something more for bhags..she is ready to accept late entries too!

delhibelle said...

Momos ! Wish I could have them NOW! Look yum:P

sowmya said...

nice entries..they look delicious too!!

SMN said...

Thatsnice sweet and savory for the event

Aditi..............:) said...

i will surely try the sweet....and let u know dear!!!

skribles said...

these look yummy shubha ... i m markin the momos to try out soon ... and these sweet ones with powdered sugar look delish! recipe sounds a little like naiyappam; amazing :)

Uma said...


ranji said...

looks really yum...koat pitha sound wonderful...banana and jaggery are perfect combo:)..loved it..

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

tastebud feud in a single post! ;-) like u said, something is better than nothing, and that something seems perrrfect! have been hearing abt momos for sometime now, have to try it!! (i've never had it)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

BTW to quote u "If u wanna check out the recipe of the yuck momos I tried... check it here and make it at ur own risk"

HILARIOUS!! :-) a great new recipe is born YUCK MOMOS!! ;-)

bee said...

those momos look absolutely sensational!!!

meeso said...

Oh wow, both look so good!

Swati Raman Garg said...

hey hey hey .. me too posted momos for this event... mine is here
that sprinkling of powdered sugar is a gooood idea sirjee...

Meera said...

Awesome!! Looks great.

Sunshinemom said...

Great looking momos! I too said - Hey! those are appams! Indian recipe really rocks:)